Polish Mechanised Division

OK here is the first Orbat for my Alt-History Poles, as they are currently in action at the Klinkerhoff Gap I thought it might be helpful to add this now – I was waiting until I had finished off a few bits as to take photo’s but I can add them later (nowt but professional me!).

As I’ve mentioned before, I am trying to base the ‘imagined’ forces in this project on real life TO&E’s, with a few tweaks here and there. For the Poles I sort of extrapolated their pre-WW2 units, with a French influence for their organisation and basing their equipment on Vickers products with some French kit thrown in for good measure – Nigeria had just that so that’s where the basis for the equipment mix came from. This also gave Saurer APC’s from Austria and Piranha APC’s from Switzerland, so I had to go for it – this meant I could use Canadian Grizzly/Cougars which are, quite frankly, well cool!

As for organisation I very nearly went the whole Nigerian hog as they’ve got quite a distinct one, but in the end I’ve based it on the Polish Cold War Naval Landing Division, which does give a slightly French feel to the unit as it consists of Regiments that are smaller than Soviet ones but bigger than ‘regular’ battalions.

There are 10 Mechanised Divisions in the Polish Army, 1 being a reserve unit, so form the majority of the Army’s strength.

Mechanised Division

HQ Coy

  • 1 radio Truck
  • 1 Cmnd APC

AD Btln

  • 3 SPtw35mm adg
  • 3 SP Roland SAM

Art Regt

  • 1 foo Ferret
  • 3 Palmaria sp
  • 1 mrls

Eng Btln

  • 3 Cys
    • 2 Eng (3 ar, rg)
    • 1 Combat eng (3 ar, rg, lmg, maw, 1 flm)
    •  3 apc
  • 1 Cy
    • 2 AVLB
    • 2 CEV

Divisional Amd Cav Regt

  • Recon Coy
    • 3 recon Fox amd cars
  • Inf Coy
    • 2 Armoured Cav (3 ar, rg, lmg, law, maw)
    • 1 Armd Cav/ATGM
    • 3 Panhard m3 apc
  • 3 Amd Coys
    • 2 AML-90
    • 1 AML-60

2 Mechanised Infantry Regts from:

12 x Tracked Regts

  • HQ Coy
    • 1 Cmnd 4k-4fu
    • 1 Blowpipe Manpad team
    • 1 Striker sp ATGM
    •  1 4k-7f-81 sp81mmM
  • 5 Coys
    • 3 Inf (3 ar, rg, lmg, law, maw)
    • 3 4k-7f apc
  • 1 Coy
    • 3 PT-77 (Vickers mk.3

OR

6 x Wheeled Regts

  • HQ Coy
    • 1 Cmnd Piranha (will come up with suitable Polish name soon)
    • 1 Blowpipe Manpad team
    • 1 Ferret/Swingfire
    • 1 81mmM
    • 1 Piranha APC (tow for the 81mmM – wish there was an SP version available!)
  • 5 Coys
    • 3 Inf (3 ar, rg, lmg, law, maw)
    • 3 Piranha apc
  • 1 Coy
    • 3 PT-77 (Vickers mk.3)

1 xArmoured Regt               (6 Mk3m, 3 Mk3)

  • HQ Coy
    • 1 Cmnd 4k-7fu
    • 1 Vickers ARV
    • 1 Blowpipe manpad team
    • 1 Striker
    • 1 4k-7f-GrW81 sp81mmM
  • 2 Coys
    • 3 Inf (3 ar, rg, lmg, law, maw)
    • 3 4k-7f-20 aifv
  • 4 Coys
    • 3 PT-77m or PT-77 (Vickers mk.3)
Divisional Cavalry Regt Armoured Car-tastic!
Divisional Cavalry Regt
Armoured Car-tastic!
Fox's on the right, AML-90 and AML-60's to the left.
Fox’s on the right, AML-90 and AML-60’s to the left.
Cavalry Regt infantry element. Company in Panhard M3 with one platoon carrying Milan.
Cavalry Regt infantry element. Company in Panhard M3 with one platoon carrying Milan.
Wheeled Mechanised Regt. (I'm actually short a whole Infantry Company - waiting for the APC's now!)
Wheeled Mechanised Regt.
(I’m actually short a whole Infantry Company – waiting for the APC’s now!)
Infantry element with 81mm Mortar platoon to the right.
Infantry element with 81mm Mortar platoon to the right.
Close up of the Grizzly APC - one of my favourites, cool bit of kit!
Close up of the Grizzly APC – one of my favourites, cool bit of kit!
Ferret with Swingfire - AT support for the Regt.  Mortar Platoon vehicle behind it.
Ferret with Swingfire – AT support for the Regt.
Mortar Platoon vehicle behind it.
PT-77 Tank Company. (Polish built Vickers Mk.3)
PT-77 Tank Company.
(Polish built Vickers Mk.3)

Austrian Panzer Grenadier Bgde

Here is the first unit that I have done for FFT3 and my Moderns project (OK not completely finished, but its on the desk – honest!).

Why Austrian? I’m not sure but I’ve always liked the more obscure armies and when I visited the H&R stall at Salute this year I saw that they had released the 4K-4FA and the SK-105 so just thought, why not and you have to start somewhere.

It is a PanzerGrenadier Bgde, modelled on the early 90’s TO&E, (all TO&E’s in this project will be gleaned from MicroMark’s fantastic series available at Wargames Vault) and all vehicles are H&R. I’ve gone for the early 90’s version to give them ATGM as they weren’t allowed them during the Cold War due to Treaty restrictions but they can easily be used for the 80’s by just changing the infantry bases and dropping an APC stand per company – really need to add another PzGren Btln but I’ve managed to get them on the table a couple of times to fight Cold War scenario’s and they have done well both times, it is actually a nice balanced force.

So in FFT3 terms it has:

PzrGren Bgde

  • HQ
    • 1 Cmnd 4k-fu
    • 1 M60a3
    • 1 M88 arv
  • SP Art Btln
    • 1 4k-fu FOO team
    • 3 M109a5
  • Recon Coy
    • 2 recon teams (ar, Pzf-3)
    • 2 Jeep/hmg (will be Pandur when model available!)
  • AD Coy
    • 3 Mistral manpad teams
    • 3 4k-4f-G1

Pzr Grenadier Btln

  • HQ Coy
    • 1 Cmnd 4k-4FA-G2
    • 2 4k-FA-Gw81 sp 81mmM
  • 4 Coys
    • 3 4k-4FA-G1 (12.7)
    • 1 4k-4FA-G2 (20mm)
    • 3 PG (4 AR, 4 lmg, 4 Pzf-3)
    • 1 PG ATGM (3 AR, 3 Pzf-3, 3 Bill atgm)
  • PzrJgr Coy
    • 3 Sk-105

Panzer Btln

  • HQ Coy
    • 1 M60a3
  • 4 Coys
    • 3 M60a3

So here’s the big picture – Panzer Btln on the left, PanzerGrenadiers in the middle and Bgde HQ on the right.

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The Panzer Btln – These lads have quite a few tanks knocking around in Coy and Btln HQ’s so I’ve given them 2 stands in the HQ coy to reflect this rather than include them in the platoons. EDIT – now changed this to 1 command tank due to realising a mistake!

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The PzGren Btln  – Again the 4k-4f APC is a nice model and a great release from H&R as they are used by quite a few armies round the world. I need to do a Btln Cmnd stand which is on the desk and waiting for a new base to turn up from Warbases. With their SP 81mmM and Sk105 Kurassiers in the support Coy they have a nice level of support. I went with 4 stands per company as the platoons are really large and it allows the ATGM to be put into one stand – I figured it works ok. By the way, the BILL ATGM the Austrians use is a great bit of kit – as it is a top attack missile it attacks the side armour in FFT3 which makes it quite a potent weapon, and a nasty surprise to ones opponents!

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Bgde HQ – At the moment: only the M60a3 stand, with 2 attached M42 Duster for AD and a PzrJager Coy from Corp HQ. I’m just finishing this off, waiting on a few bits from H&R for the Recon coy (Jeeps) and need to finish painting the Artillery Btln and the Bgde Manpad Coy. I’ll be doing an attached Engineer Coy too.

One of the good things about this unit is that it can split into 2 balanced combat teams, and even without the ATGM they have quite a good AT punch – the infantry also have good close in AT capability too with their Pzf-3’s.

I’m just waiting for a delivery to arrive to start on an attached Landwehr Battalion – complete with 85mm ATG’s – which will be grown into a Brigade and hope that someone makes a Pandur soon so that I can get started on a Jager Bgde and upgrade the Recon companies.

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And some close up shots……….

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